Create A Triple Threat of Planner Awesomeness

We are always amazed at the unique and creative ideas our Artists In Residence create every month. January is all about planners as we expect January to be the season for resolutions, goal-setting and planning. Jessica Litman, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jennifer Vanderbeek show us a powerhouse variety of planner crafts including DIY washi tape, and designing your own planner stickers. We love these resourceful ideas. Share them with anyone you know who is a planner geek!

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Jessica Litman

Washi tape could be one of my favorite embellishments for planners. It easily breaks up pages into different sections, adds color to all white pages and is just fun! This project came out of my need for a variety of washi tape colors without spending a lot of money!

Jessica’s Directions

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 1

Lay tissue paper flat on craft mat. Create small polka dots on tissue paper using irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 2

Let sit until dots are not quite dry, but just damp. Cover tissue paper with shipping tape. Push over dots to create a tie dye effect. Set aside to fully dry. Cut into long strips.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 3

Run the strips through Xyron sticker maker. (Make sure the shipping tape side is facing up.) Peel off tissue paper from sticker backing.

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 4

Adhere to your planner, cards, or roll up over an old tape dispenser!

Jessica’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Xyron – 3” Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Scissors

Martha Lucia Gomez

I made my own “washi tape” with traditional mailing labels and different inks and texture. I’ll share how I did it so you can do it yourself.

Martha’s Directions

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Step 1

Take a label sheet and place a stencil over it. Secure the stencil with masking tape. Apply Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise to the stencil.

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Step 2

If you want to intensify the color, mix the Creative Medium with Memento Ink first. I added a few sweeps of Paris Dusk and Memento Desert Sand on the craft mat and mixed them with the palette knife to darken the color. You don’t need to remove the stencil to change the colors, just keep it in place and apply your different combinations. Let dry.

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Step 3

To change the design and texture take a different stencil and place over the same label sheet. Secure it with masking tape. Apply VersaMark directly with the pad over the free areas of the stencil. Remove the stencil and apply Gold Embossing Powder. Melt with the heat tool. Finally, take a border stamp and stamp it directly over the sheet. I used several different border stamps with Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Jade.

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Step 4

Remove the labels from the adhesive sheet and resize them according to the size of your planner.

Martha’s Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Iridescent Turquoise
Memento – Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Gold
Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade
Craft Mat

Other

Label sheet
Stencils
Heat Tool
Joy Clair – Aztec Background Builder Stamp


Jennifer Vanderbeek

I love my planner, and I like being able to add quick decorative accents to it. Stamps are a fabulous way to do that, but I plan as I go and frequently update my planner away from home. This makes planner stamps less than optimal because of all the gear I’d need to carry with me. To solve that problem, I sat down with my stamps, ink pads, and a whole lot of label sheets to create my own stamped planner stickers! Here’s my 2017 planner decked out in DIY stamped stickers!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create small beverage stickers using either StazOn or VersaFine and color them in with Memento Markers. Small stickers work great for small planner stamps to mark regular events on a planner page.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Another pitfall of stamping directly into a planner is the inevitable mistake or mis-stamp. Stamp calendar layouts onto small, 2” square stamps in order to avoid mistakes in stamping.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

List-making is a big part of planning. Using 2” x 4” address labels are perfect for long to-do lists.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create pearlized stickers by blending Memento and Brilliance inks with an InkBlusher. The resulting blends can be used as-is or layered with white stamps to create a layered look. I halved the layered stickers to get double the stickers for my efforts!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

These arched stickers are great for displaying larger images like the Julie Nutting planner girls. Stamp the image with black ink and color with Memento markers.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Spray glossy labels with different shades of Walnut Ink on 2” round labels and let dry. Spraying ink creates randomness on the page which looks like planets once the excess label paper is removed (the spare bits could be cut into interesting shapes with scissors or punches to maximize the supplies).

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Once stamped and trimmed down this collection is a lot more manageable to carry for planning on the go compared to the supplies that went into making them!

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaFine – Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red
  • StazOn – Spiced Chai, Ivory Black
  • Memento Marker – Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Tangelo, London Fog, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue,
  • VersaMagic – Sage
  • Memento – Lulu Lavender, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout, Potters Clay, Desert Sand
  • Brilliance – Coffee Bean
  • Walnut Ink – Willow, Walnut, Lilac, Terra Cotta, Cherry Blossom, Java
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InkBlushers
Other
  • Avery – 22805 1.5” Square, 48363 2” x 4” Rectangle, 18660 1” x2 5/8” Clear Rectangle, 41568 ¾” Round, 80508 2.5” Pearlized Scallop, 22809 3” x 2.25” Textured Arch, 22807 2” Glossy Round
  • Waffle Flower – Currently, Currently Drinking, Calendar, Planner Dates stamps
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Hero Arts – Clearly Kelly Work Planner, Food Planner stamps
  • Julie Nutting – Craft Day stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Interim Photos and Captions

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Learn to Customize Your Planner with Vertigo and Craft Sprays

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

When I created my planner, I decided to include white pages and create my own art page. Today, I am sharing with you how I made one of these pages using Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink Spray, and VersaFine. I will also share how to make die cut embellishments using Vertigo, Brilliance and StazOn inks for extra planner inspiration.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions

 Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 1

Spray Walnut and Fireworks! inks on the blank page  about 10 inches away.  The Walnut Ink takes a few moments to dry and the Fireworks dries immediately. Spray until desired color is achieved. TIP: Working with spray ink is a real pleasure because the results are unpredictable. Theoretically, spraying near to the paper will obtain a darker or concentrated color, and spraying very far will have the opposite effect.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 2

Prepare the stamps of your choice to decorate the newly inked page. Stamp large image (guitar in the photo) with VersaFine – Onyx Black and additional images (music notes) with VersaFine – Vintage Sepia. Be sure to leave free space on this page for journaling.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Now that we have a free-flowing journal page in our more structured planner, let’s talk embellishments. Planners become more unique and personal when you add more elements. Take a look of the die cuts created using Vertigo colored with two different types of ink–Brilliance and StazOn.

Directions for Vertigo Embellishment

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 1

Use two die cuts shapes–one medium oval and a smaller heart. Color of the vertigo pieces by applying Brilliance–Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Coral and Pearlescent Lime directly with the ink pad.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 2 (Optional)

Emboss with a dot embossing folder.

Imagine Artist Martha Lucia Gomez personalizes planner pages with Fireworks! Craft Spray, Walnut Ink and Imagine’s Vertigo mixed media sheets.

Step 4

Attach finished Vertigo pieces to the planner pages as needed. You can use adhesive or staples.

Personalizing your planner is a fun way to express yourself while putting your craft collection to good use. Craft sprays, die cuts and mixed media surfaces like Vertigo are sure to give extra flare needed to set a planner apart from the rest.

Supplies

Imagine
  • Walnut Ink – Willow
  • Fireworks! – Bahama Blue, London Fog
  • VersaFine – Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia
  • Vertigo – Taffeta
  • Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Coral and Pearlescent Lime
  • StazOn – Cactus Green, Emerald City, Orange Zest, St Valentine and Blue Hawaii
Other
  • Joy Clair – Joyful Noise Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block or stamp positioning tool
  • Die cuts of choice

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